Fota joined Global Wildlife Conservation in funding the Saola Conservation Breeding Centre

Fota Wildlife Park Answered Call from the Saola Working Group to Help Save Asian “Unicorn” by donating a total of €20,000 since 2013 Fota Wildlife Park joined Global Wildlife Conservation and other Zoos and Wildlife Parks Worldwide in funding the critical Saola Conservation Breeding Centre Fota Wildlife Park last year donated €10,000 to the Saola Working Group as part of a worldwide coordinated call to fund the setting up of a…

Fota Wildlife Park Saddened by the Loss of Dr. Martin O’Grady

It was with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of one of our Board members, Dr. Martin O'Grady. Martin proved to be a highly inspirational and innovative contributor to this role. He will be sadly missed by the management and board of Fota Wildlife Park and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family.

EASTER CAMPS NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING!

Fota Wildlife Park's Annual Easter Camp returns on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April. The camps run from 10 am - 3 pm daily with different activities daily ranging from Easter arts and crafts, exclusive guided tours and exploring the springtime woodlands. The camps are priced at €75 per child for the 3 days or €28 per child for a single day, however, places are limited and demand is high so be sure to book your place now by…

Conservation tips and information on Hedgehogs

At this time of the year one of Ireland’s most distinctive mammals, the hedgehog will awaken from its winter slumber. The hedgehog was named because of its peculiar foraging methods while rummaging in the undergrowth, it emits pig-like grunts—thus, the name hedgehog! The hedgehog's main line of defence is the possession of spikes which cover all of the upper body with the exception the face, chest, belly, throat and legs which are covered…

Squirrel Appreciation Day -Sunday 21st January 2018

Fota Wildlife Park is home to many native species as well as the more exotic animal species–one of which is the Red squirrel which is abundant in the Wildlife Park and is also easily spotted at this time of year. The Red squirrel is dependent on woodland as a habitat -so Fota is a perfect setting for this native animal. This species has been present in Ireland since the ice ages and they are widespread throughout the island, however, there…

Seasonal Opening Hours

To all our members and visitors  - Season's Greetings! Please note that we although we are open all year round, we do close for three days over the Christmas period - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day, and we will be open again on the 27th December at 10 am. We look forward to welcoming you then! Photo credit: Phil Greaves

Fota Wildlife Park is calling on your help to record hibernating ladybirds

Fota Wildlife Park in partnership with University College Cork, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences are managing a citizen science research project on 'The status, threats, protection and conservation of ladybirds in Ireland'. The project is funded by Fota Wildlife Park and the Irish Research Council. It is a citizen science project which means that the public is needed to get involved by sending their ladybird photographs…

Advent Animals - Sundays in December 2017

Due to its popularity last year we will be running more ‘Advent Animals’ events every Sunday,(except Christmas Eve) in December again at Fota Wildlife Park.  You can enjoy a special feeding time and informative talks from our rangers with a different featured animal each week. Join us in the Asian Sanctuary this Sunday 3rd December at 13.00 when Advent Animals kicks off at the Lion-tailed Macaques habitat. Our rangers are preparing…

Twin Red Panda Cubs are Named!

Since we unveiled the birth of our male Red Panda twin cubs a couple of months ago and called on the public to suggest names, we’ve received hundreds of entries. Today we are delighted to announce that the names Koda and Lionel have been chosen by our Rangers to celebrate that Irish rock band, Kodaline recently filmed their new music video ‘Ready to Change’ at Fota Wildlife Park, and the video location fees have been donated to the Red…

Fota Wildlife Park announce the arrival of a baby Brazilian Tapir

Fota Wildlife Park are asking you for your help to name a male Brazilian Tapir calf born on the 13th September to mother Maya and father Basil. For the chance to win a year-long Conservation Membership to Fota Wildlife Park, members of the public can suggest a name for the calf on their website. The young Tapir calf will join a four-strong herd including brother Thiago who is 2 ½ years old and sister is Sofia, 16 months. The Brazilian Tapir…